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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Beautiful!!!

Wow!  Yesterday morning HH yelled...did ya see the sky outside?!  I ran to the window and then rushed to get the camera.  Of course he had to go out with Enzo to catch the last bit of color.  Magnificent!!!  And it is amazing how the color changed in less than 60 seconds!




I am off to work today but yesterday  I was working on a Robin & Anna project.  More to be revealed tomorrow!  It is a big secret and that is why there are not quilty pics today...just an awesome sunrise. I think life is like this sunrise...you take your eyes off it for a second and it changes.  See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Red Banner Day!!!

I woke up this morning kinda groggy.  HH was coughing his head off most of the night until I got up at 0200 and gave him some cough syrup...poor guy.  The cold/cough that is making its way around this fall is a nasty one.  But true to form he dragged himself out of bed at 0500 and got ready for work.  A real trooper!  I turned the computer on and was checking out the blogs...hold your horses!...Kim of Kim's Big Quilting Adventure  announced the winner to her Give Away!!! and it was ME!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you, thank you very much (said in a Elvis voice).  A few weeks ago when I signed up to be a follower of Kim's blog as recommended by Anne of Cottons 'n Wool and QuiltWorks featured quilter for December, Sandy I was dumb founded.  Could there truly be another quilter out there as insane as myself?  I am not alone.  The first thing I noticed on her blog was that she challenged herself to finish 11 quilts in 2011...OMG, is that not the coolest...it is just the insanity I would participate in...like 3 BOW's in one summer or 10,000 BOM's.  Anyhoo, thank you Kim from the bottom of my heart. My DIL is going to love her birthday surprise (and if she reads this, nenernener...you don't know what I am going to make!)

I've decided that someone around here has got to bring in the moola and Enzo is the cutest one in the family.  Instead of being a stage mom on a reality TV show I think Enzo could me the next Vanna White of the Quilting World!  Don't be fooled by this photo where he is hiding his face from the camera...


...or this one of bored indifference...


...because he really does a wonderful job in showing off my latest mail surprise.  If only I could get him to say, "Give me the letter "B" for Bird Brain Designs "  I am working on getting him to smile more...really work the camera...to know he's got it and can flaunt it...don't be fooled by how bored he looks.  Come on Enzo...show mama you're a star!!! hummmm


...and finally our 2011 ornament.  I found it yesterday and it is beautiful.  Feels like glass, with 3 pearl like eggs and a sign that says "Our Nest"
Have a great day from our nest to yours.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday?? It Can't Be....!!!

I can't believe it is Monday already!  Time seems to be flashing by...and I can barely keep upright on Terra Firma.  HH and I had a full weekend. We decorated our tree, hung lights on the back deck, put the door decor up and started to unpack my Santa collection.  Our tree is not a designer tree but a memory tree.  It was bitter/sweet hanging the ornaments.  So many of them were given to us by mom from her travels around the world.  On the other hand...hanging the ornaments was also a fun walk down the family history lane.  There were a lot of ones that the boys and I collected that have meaning to us.  Others that were hand made...it is a tree filled with love.



The tree skirt was made by me back in the '90s a giant dresden plate!


This is a little felt ornament I made when my oldest son was 3 months old.



As you can tell our ornaments are a conglomeration of our own creations and likes over time! lol


Thought I would give you a peek of Block #8 of the infamous BOW that I was a participant this past summer.  Yes...I am making headway!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Success!

You have to understand, I am my mother's daughter and thus am not a big spender! I do on the other hand, have less issues with it than she did (except in a quilt store where I have big issues, mea culpa, mea culpa) When I want something, it has to look at least similar to what I imagine or I can wait.  The designer who helped me with the chair size also told me I needed a round coffee table no more than 30 inches in circumference...do you know how hard that is to find?! Impossible!!!  Yesterday, HH took me on a quest to find the perfect coffee table...as the designer stated..."our living room has a lot going on in it."  This translates to...you have no design sense.  The thing about our house is nothing matches but...we love all our stuff!  The other thing is if I am going to make a big design faux pas I'm bring HH along to make it with me...and Enzo too.  By the 4th stop we hit an huge used & antique store where stuff is piled 3 deep and 3 high.  You really have to pick around and watch out for stuff above! It is in this unusual store stuck way off the beaten path in a little traveled industrial area that we found it!  It is actually an end table...but what the heck, none of our stuff matches anyway...and, the best part is it fits perfectly.


Enzo is exhausted from all the shopping.


...in the same warehouse I found this cute mohair bear with his pop gun for $5!!!!


...and this gravy bowl (made in the USA) which I could have used 3 days ago.


Yesterday evening we started decorating.  In our household the tradition of Christmas decorating is combined with "snack dinner." which means "no cooking."  A selection of cheeses, crackers, olives and meats served on a platter (on our new coffee table) to enjoy while we decorate the tree.  Since the kids are grown and in their own homes, snack dinner now includes Spanish Coffees...oh yeah, we do enjoy our decorating.


We do have the most awesome dog and he is such a great sport!


Hope your Sunday is filled with love and family!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shopping Diva & Postal Connection

I have never been a "Shopping Diva."  What you ask is a shopping diva?  Well, my definition is someone who can shop for hours without any idea of what they are looking for.  Where funds are never a consideration only, desire and expects service immediately.  This definition was personally developed as a youngster when the very first indoor mall was built about an hour and a half from our home.  It was an all day event.  Multi storied with the ability to see all the stories from the center.  Each time my mother would take us there for the day I would get sick.  Headache, bloody nose and exhaustion...I would always end up going out to the parking lot and sleeping in the back sit until everyone was ready to leave.  "Traumatized by mall"...I now prefer to shop small individual shops.  Malls scare me!  I'd like to know what is your definition of a "Shopping Diva."

Earlier this week HH was heading out to check up the latest cowboy action shooter...please, just drop me off at Pomegranate, this wonderful shop is located in a old...as in OLD house and out buildings located right off of a major road...between a mini mall and a big mall.  And for those lucky enough to be in anywhere near Bend they are having an Open House & Soiree on Dec. 3rd starting at 1100...cocktail soiree from 4-7 pm.  Now this is my cup of shopping!!!


At Pomegranate I found this really sweet candy dish and the old bugle below...just know that the holiday arrangement below is still a work in progress.


...and this big jar of scrabble letters and wooden trays!  You can check them out on line and they are worth the "shop"


I do support my local quilt shops and small businesses but, a lot of my shopping is done by Internet/mail.  It saves me the trauma of actually shopping and I can do in my PJ's with a nice cuppa coffee!  And when I get really excited about something I can just get up and head to the pot-tay...that is how you say it when you have a little culture.  In a huge mall I am the one at the lit up map of the mall checking out the locations of the restrooms.  So, if I get excited I know where my next stop will be! 

I love receiving real letters and packages.  Last night when HH took Ezno out to sniff the night life he found this box by the front door!!!!  Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill sent me a box FULL of scraps from her recent lines of fabric (It weighs as much as a baby)!!!  SWEET!!!!  Thank You Anne!!!


...and...in the mailbox was a package from Karen, Yellow Farmhouse it is worth spending an afternoon reading her past blogs!  The visual feast is every quilters dream!  I love the 3 light colored wools...I see sheep dancing in my head!


Today HH and I are heading out to breakfast and then shopping...yes, shopping although it is a 30 in round coffee table we are seeking...so off we & Enzo go, to hit some of the second hand furniture store in our pick up truck...Shopping Divas we are not...well, maybe Enzo is...he loves shopping!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Spa 101

look at me!  My turkey was beautiful!!!  I guess in order to roast a perfect turkey you need to provide it with a spa treatment and let it run around naked in your fridge!  The dinner was wonderful, shared with great friends and even though I was missing mom I kept  busy all day making new dishes!


...and look at those pears!  They turned out perfectly and tasted delish!  You cut off the bottom and hallow out the center.  Stuff them with Gorgonzola cheese and pecans that have been pulsed, put the bottom back on and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Then place on a bed of arugula that has been tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil.


In between cooking I put together my latest quest towards organization in my sewing room.  I saw a similar idea in a quilt magazine but when I tried to order the rack from the company their site was too difficult to wade through...but, I still wanted a spinning rack for my small patterns.  Those small envelopes seem to always get lost.  Then I went to Bed Bath & Beyond and found this rack!  I even got to use my $5 coupon.  After putting it together I used some Italian paperclips as hangers and...voila


Working today so I did not go out shopping at midnight, nor will I be hitting the bricks with the rest of the Black Friday warriors! Like Paulette over at Sweet Pea! Have a safe shopping day!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A-L-M-A!!!! (yelled in a Fred Flinstone voice!)

Happy Thanksgiving!! I love Thanksgiving especially when I am going to someone elses house and bringing one signature dish.  But when Thanksgiving is at my house...well let's just say, I am no Alma from Blackbird Designs she can make a turkey out of construction paper and it would taste good!

So here is the beginning of the 2011 Thanksgiving saga.  I asked HH to get me a cooler to brine the turkey which was on Tuesday.  Nice camo cooler!  Brine Turkey for 24 hours.


Then according to Turkey Spa instruction you are supposed to take it out of the brine, bathe, dry and massage (ok the instruction did not say massage).


For some reason which I cannot fathom you are supposed to put the dried off turkey into a pan and place it uncovered in the fridge.  I cannot find any reason in the Turkey 101 literature that gives a reason for the naked turkey.  When I put my ear close to the door I heard the cranberries complaining about the lack of appropriate attire.


The biggest pain in the behind was the gravy.  Every year HH makes the gravy and it turns out great but this year I had to try something neeeew.  I should have listened to that little voice in the back of my brain saying, "danger Will Robinson danger"  But geesh the article said it would decrease the stress of the day because you would have made the "make ahead gravy!"  They did not say in the small print disclaimer that it would take me 3...3...days to complete the task!  But it starts out looking like soup.



Below is where some cussing...I mean spice was added to my next dish.  I could not get the freaking food processor to process.  So I call HH to help me figure out how to PULSE.  First he asked me when the last time I used it was...hummmm, maybe last Thanksgiving?  With his mechanical male brain he figured out I had the plastic bowl on backwards and the little gray dot in the front wasn't getting depressed...although, I was getting depressed!


But in the end I did get an interesting pomegranate relish!



And last but not least...or maybe I should say at the end of it all...or, is this a commentary to my cooking...I went out to get the BIG Thanksgiving issue of the paper and spotted 2 weird lumps on my lawn.  With the snow gone and sun out...they stood out like 2 buns on the lawn.  Now deer poop or excrement for the delicate quilter is usually little round pea sized loose items...but these were like too buns on the lawn!  Constipated deer...I wonder if it ate the dish I was making that didn't work and dumped off the back deck????

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Woolie Tuesday

Yesterday I was busy.  As in Bizzz E!  At 0700 I was tromping through a grocery store picking up the turkey I ordered and a shopping cart full of additional Thanksgiving ingredients.  I read the morning paper and they had a stuff pear with Gorgonzola & pecans!  hummm  I know I am not a cook but hey...it is just pears and cheese right?  I'll let you know how they turn out!

I also decided to take advantage of the CAP program which is a program for individual support during times of grief, loss, stress...you know...life.  It was interesting.  I did come away with a couple of insights but, I am tried of hearing my own story...it doesn't seem to get more exciting in the repeated telling.  So...I am over that story.

Finally I arrived at QuiltWorks for Woolies!  One of my very favorite places to hang out.

 

Beth...Marilyn is gonna start stitching for ME, ME, ME...not!


Isn't this dress absolutely adorable!  Made by Angela of Storybook Dress


Sandy has not slowed down this month at all!  It doesn't matter that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner...or...that her son is getting married next month, she still finished this beautiful wool "My Garden" quilt!


Claudine is gonna have this one done for the Christmas Holiday!


Barb has been working on this one off and on for a while but she will be enjoying it this holiday season!


just a little Sandy project.


QuiltWorks has their class display and it is packed with fun!


and finally here is Sandy's version of the Bunny Hill snowman pillow.  don't you love the scalloped edge!

Congratulations to the Woolie Give Away winners!  Stay tuned, Decembers is going to be even better!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's A Give Away!!!!

...but first let me talk about my chair!  I went to the furniture shop and dragged the chair home to try it out in my living room.  I didn't want to buy a chair until I was sure it would work in my weird living room.  Looks pretty darn good huh!  the fabric is fun also...but two of these chair would not work and the fabric I liked would have to be ordered.  Which means 5-6 weeks, which means...2012.  But it is worth the wait.  The fabric is the the same feel and design as this fabric except it is Botanical words, wild flowers, butterflies and bees!  Really cool!  Since I couldn't fit 2 chair without it being crowded I ordered the foot stool which could be used as a second seat!



NOW...for the Give Away!!!  I have had so much fun reading comments by old and new followers that I wanted to give away even more!!!  I have included a Kate Spain charm pack and a little 4 fabric Fall leaf pack!

I have to admit...I am a bit of a piggy...so I am going to put together a fun Give Away for December!  It will start Dec. 1st and end on Christmas Day...what a great present.  Maybe I get the #300 for Christmas?!  It really has been so wonderful connecting with quilters from all over the world...for me it is not only fun but, inspiring!


Grand Prize

Sandi call me crazy said, "I'm a happy follower and I love snowmen!! :-)
Enzo looks ready for the holidays! Very handsome. ;-)

Fall leaf packet

free indeed said, "I'd love to win that kit! I've been wanting to try my hand at wool applique...I just know I'd love it. I'm just going to have to break down and buy a kit online somewhere. Any suggestions?I totally like the mini tree skirt you made with holly...I saved the pic to maybe make a full sized one with cotton fabrics....it should be fairly easy with fused applique....always looking for new inspiration...:)"

Kate Spain charm pack

tpott said, "I'm # 248, I had to check out my google reader, I thought I already was a follower. So technically I'm a new follower, I've been reading your blog for quite awhile. I understand what the giveaway is for and I love what you've chosen. But showing Enzo (I love the name) is just not fair! He's so cute and handsome with his new hairdo and outfit. What type of dog is he, he really is beautiful? Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. ;-> Toni Anne

Congratulations!  send me your mailing address by Sunday...otherwise Monday someone else might get lucky! lol

Monday, November 21, 2011

Time (It's almost Give Away time)



Wow!  I woke up to the #249!!!  It is almost Give Away time!  click on the link and follow the directions.  Once I reach 250 I'll be sending out  this cute wooden bowl and wool kit to someone lucky!  I also am going to send out one of my favorite patterns to a second person.  I like to recycle my favorite patterns rather than let them gather dust.  There are some patterns I make more than one...but, for the most part once I have made something I am ready to move on to the next "must have" design!

Yesterday was a difficult day at work.  It wasn't so much the physical aspect...although Robin and I pushing and shoving a 200lb + bed (not including the weight of the patient) from other floors in the hospital down to the OR does have it's challenges (no transport team on the weekends)...but the emotional part.  All I can say is, there are a lot of people in the world who need your healing thoughts...and if you are praying sort, a prayer would be appreciated.  I know I have said before "Life" is a challenge and during these additional challenging times we must take the time and give a hug, we are not just individual but we are part of the human race.

I have an interesting day before me.  Last week I threw in the towel and realized I needed a couple of chairs in my living room.  I have the weirdest living room in Bend...and maybe the world!  It is narrow, with the couch at one end and the dining table at the other.  We only have 3 spaces on the couch to sit, otherwise it is the floor.  The ceiling is 28 ft tall.  Interesting choice by the builder, create more air space but not floor space.  Last week I went to a furniture store convinced a decorator to follow me home and help me figure out how to get just 2 more places to sit...just 2 more!  This morning I am heading back over there and dragging a chair home to see how it fits.  Wish me luck!  Why am I telling you this, cause this event has caused me to rearrange and clean and I found the most wonderful gem.  A cookbook made by my youngest son when he was in the 1st grade!  Each student contributed a recipe of two to the book!


6 years old and now 23 years old...Enzo is 2 years old.
and for those curious Enzo is a Standard Poodle.


Connor's Chicken Stroganoff

1 1/2 lb ground chicken or turkey
1 medium onion chopped
15 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 lg container of low fat sour cream
4 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 tbsp olive oil

Heat up oil and then cook ground chicken until it is not pink, chopping it into little pieces as it cooks.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  add chopped onion and mushrooms and cook until both are soft.  Add mushroom soup, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and mix thoroughly.  Lower heat to low and add sour cream.  Try not to let it boil, but if it bubbles a little that's ok.  Serve with pasta or rice.

Enjoy!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grimm (& don't forget the Give Away!)

I woke up yesterday morning to snow on my front porch.  The wind must have blown from the west to the east.  It was beautiful and the reflection off the snow created a bright glow even though it was dark. 


Now here is the part that creeps me out!  I have become a die hard fan of the new TV show Grimm.  Not only is it creepy but it is funny creepy...and...it is set in Portland, Oregon which means I get to see a lot of familiar sites.  In fact in Fridays episode which I DVR'd because it is too late for me to stay up the suspect was having a drink in the Blue Moon which is a Mcmenamin's  micro brew pub in which my future DIL's father did most of the mural painting...how cool is that!  But on the flip side the show has creeped me out when I am in the dark...and, when Enzo looks off into the dark for long periods of time...like in this photo!  He stands perfectly still and doesn't respond to me...is he seeing a wild animal...or a Grimm character?


Finally I have a photo of project #4 which was provided by Debbie of Wooden Spools Designs during the Homespun and Holly Event.  A miniature wool tree skirt!



Or I could use it as a Christmas penny rug!


7 more followers and the Give Away party begins!!!  Just click on the link and follow the instructions and you can take home the wonderful Bunny Hill pattern and wool! and a little something else! lol